Speech Prosody 2010

Chicago, IL, USA
May 10-14, 2010

Prominence Perception and Accent Detection in French. A Corpus-Based Account

Jean-Philippe Goldman (1,2), Antoine Auchlin (1), Sophie Roekhaut (3,4), Anne Catherine Simon (2), Mathieu Avanzi (5,6)

(1) Département de Linguistique, Université de Genève, Switzerland
(2) Institut Langage & Communication, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium
(3) CENTAL, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium
(4) TCTS Lab, Université de Mons, Belgium
(5) Chaire de linguistique française, Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland
(6) MoDyCo, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre, France

The goal of this paper is to shed new light on accentuation in French, more precisely to discuss the role of grammatical constraints and of phonetic factors implicated in the perception of French final and non-final accent. The study is based on the analysis of a 70-minute long corpus, including various speaking styles. The corpus has been annotated manually and automatically for prominence detection and tagged semi-automatically for grammatical categories. We first describe the rate of accentuation for each grammatical category (discussing the notion of “clitic” in French) and then discuss the divergences between manual and automatic prominence detection, in relation with the phonological structure.

Index Terms: prominence detection, French accentuation, clitics.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Goldman, Jean-Philippe / Auchlin, Antoine / Roekhaut, Sophie / Simon, Anne Catherine / Avanzi, Mathieu (2010): "Prominence perception and accent detection in French. a corpus-based account", In SP-2010, paper 575.